UW-Whitewater is offering free COVID-19 testing to anyone 5 years or older.
Walk-In Testing Facility | 1000 Madison Ave, Fort Atkinson
The facility currently offers the rapid test with results available within an hour of testing. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Guests will need to bring their cell phone for registration, driver's license/form of ID and their insurance card if they have it. No appointments are needed.
Jefferson County Offering Digital Behavioral Health
Jefferson County is offering the online myStrength program for free to its residents. The program provides digital behavioral health solutions to empower individuals with engaging, clinically-proven resources.
There is also now a newly-released module specifically to help individuals with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here to access the myStrengh website.
Click here to sign-up.
Enter "JeffersonCounty" as the access code
The module addresses issues such as depression, stress, chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and more. Please utilize this FREE tool to help take care of your mental health needs!
Text HOPELINE to 741741 - from anywhere, anytime, about any challenge or struggle. Help and hope is just a text away.
CDC: Preventing Spread
Kiva is an international nonprofit with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive. Kiva lenders have shown their commitment to providing financial assistance to all by making 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs in the U.S. on Kiva.org for the last 10 years. In today’s difficult circumstances, we’d like to make it as easy and impactful as possible for small businesses in the U.S. to have access to affordable capital on the Kiva platform—capital that may be the difference between shutting down and keeping their doors open.
Local Financial Institution UpdatesBadger Bank (920) 563-2478A full list of resources is available here: https://www.badgerbank.bank/notice-details.htmlFort Community Credit Union – FCCU (920) 563-7305A full list of resources is available here: https://www.fortcommunity.com/notice-details.htmlJohnson Financial Group 920.568.5660Visit their website here: https://www.johnsonfinancialgroup.com/covid-19-coronavirus/PremierBank (920) 563-6616Visit their website here: https://www.bankwithpremier.com/
Direct Contacts at Local Financial InstitutionsBusiness & Tax Systems: Taylor Smithyman- Phone: 920-563-8089- Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgFCCU: Joni Lundin- Phone: 920-563-7305- Email: email@example.comJohnson Financial Group: Robert Cassiday- Phone: 920.568.5650- Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgSBDC at UW-Whitewater: Kevin Kaufman- Phone: 262-472-1689- Email: email@example.com
Department of Workforce Development Grant Program Announcement
Workforce Equity Grants
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) - Office of Skills Development (OSD) has released a new Workforce Equity Grants Program Announcement (GPA). Up to $577,350 in grant funds is available for proposals ranging from $5,000 to $400,000.
The purpose of this grant is to reimburse southeastern Wisconsin employers or consortiums comprised of employers and eligible workforce solutions providers for the expenses to design and to implement training programs and post-training support to under-served populations. Training programs should provide education, skills training, post-employment support, and placement in occupational training in high-demand occupations. Post-training positions must have a clear career path, identified advancement requirements, and should have minimum post-training wages of $15/hour.
This grant opportunity focuses on training workers of under-served origins in specific southeastern Wisconsin Workforce Development Areas (WDA) that exhibit racial and education disparities. Employers located in WDA 1-Southeast (Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth County) and WDA 2 (Milwaukee County) are eligible and highly encouraged to apply. For the purposes of this grant, under-served populations are defined as Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, and those that reside in WDA 1 and WDA 2.
Applications are due by 3 p.m. CST on Monday, October 4, 2021. For additional information or to download an application, please consult the Grant Program Announcement and related grant program materials at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/det/
If you have questions regarding this announcement, contact Sara Tupper, Program and Policy Analyst at the 608-405-4425 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Street Bounce Back Grants - Applications Now Open!
The Main Street Bounceback Grants program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. The program is open to new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021. Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act and will be distributed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) regional partners. Businesses must apply through the partner organization for the region in which they are located.
Additional information about the Main Street Bounce Back Grants is available here: https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/mainstreet-bounceback-grants/
Fort Atkinson Food Pantry
Feed Your Soul - First United Methodist Church
Feed Your Soul meals will be available for TAKEOUT ONLY on Thursday afternoons, starting March 26.
You must call to schedule your pick up time -- this will help manage the flow of traffic and keep the social distance that is necessary!
Call Jen at (920) 650-8288.
What you need to know:
• Meals will be entrée only
• Meals will be available on Thursday afternoons – by appointment only.
• People wanting a meal should call Jen at (920) 650-8288 to schedule pick up.
• Meals will be brought out to cars, they will not have anyone coming inside to pick up.
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Jefferson County
Jefferson County Human Services Foodshare Program
How to apply for unemployment in Wisconsin if you get laid off because of the coronavirus - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information - Frequently Asked Questions - Department of Workforce Development
Families First Coronavirus Response Act - U.S. Dept of Labor Wage and Hour Division
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) - Department of Workforce Development
PUA is a federal benefit available to workers who are unable to work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and do not qualify for Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI). This includes:
- Independent contractors
- Self-employed workers
- Non-profit employees
- Part-time workers who do not have enough work history to be eligible for a claim
Business Disruption Plan
Stage 1: Have a Plan
Create a Business Continuity Plan.
Ensure sick employees stay home.
Prepare staff to work from home.
Increase social distancing in the workplace.
Offer flexible leave policies.
Keep a well-stocked supply of tissues, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. Place them in easy to access spots.
Work with your cleaning staff to make sure workspaces are cleaned and disinfected frequently and correctly.
Stage 2: Share Best Practices
Stage 3: COVID Suspected, In, or Near the Workplace
Sick Employee, Not-Positive-COVID-19
Employee Sick at Work
Well-Employee But Positive-COVID-19 Family Member
Employee Returned from a COVID-19-spreading area
Stage 4: Outbreak Response
ALWAYS: Plan for Business Disruption
According to Jefferson County Human Services, individuals can call the number below to be connected with resources for the Foodshare program, energy assistance and more.
United Way - Utilize the 2-1-1 Service!
United Way’s 211 information and referral service is preparing for increased call volume due to the pandemic. If you are in need of services, dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 to be connected to someone who can help. In anticipation of increased call volume, you can also access resources by clicking here to visit the 211 website.